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Huayna Capac (c. 1465-1525). Inca emperor (1493-1525)

Huayna Capac (c. 1465-1525). Inca emperor (1493-1525)


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Huayna Capac (c. 1465-1525). Inca emperor (1493-1525)

Huayna Capac (h.1465-1525). Inca emperor (1493-1525). Son of Tupac Inca Yupanqui. Engraving, 1726. Colored engraving

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Baton Capac Dynasty Eleventh Inca 15th Hanan Huayna Sapa


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This engraving showcases Huayna Capac (1465-1525), the enigmatic Inca emperor who ruled the Inca Empire from 1493 until his untimely death in 1525. Born as the son of Tupac Inca Yupanqui, Huayna Capac ascended to the throne during the Hanan Dynasty, a period marked by significant cultural and political developments in the Inca Empire. The image portrays Huayna Capac in regal attire, holding a ceremonial baton, symbolizing his authority as the Sapa Inca, or the 'only Inca.' The sun, a powerful symbol of the Inca deity Inti, adorns the upper portion of the engraving, highlighting Huayna Capac's connection to the divine. The modern age has brought new insights into the life of this remarkable leader, who expanded the Inca Empire to its greatest extent, encompassing present-day Ecuador, Peru, Bolivia, and parts of Chile and Argentina. The intricately detailed engraving, created in the 18th century, is a testament to the enduring fascination with the rich history of the Inca civilization. Huayna Capac's reign marked the beginning of the end for the Inca Empire, as it paved the way for the Spanish conquest under the leadership of Pizarro. Despite the tragic outcome, Huayna Capac remains an essential figure in the annals of Inca history, leaving a lasting impact on the cultural and political landscape of the Americas.

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